Are you mag­ne­sium de­fi­cient?

How to tell if you’re lack­ing, and where to find this vi­tal min­eral. By Karen Fit­tall.

Good Health (Australia) - - Contents -

Not only does ev­ery or­gan in your body need mag­ne­sium to func­tion prop­erly, it plays a role in en­ergy pro­duc­tion, main­tain­ing strong teeth and bones, and healthy mus­cle func­tion. Mag­ne­sium also helps reg­u­late lev­els of other im­por­tant nu­tri­ents like cal­cium, zinc and vi­ta­min D. As a re­sult, keep­ing your lev­els topped up can help give you more en­ergy and pro­tect against os­teo­poro­sis, di­a­betes and de­men­tia. Ad­e­quate mag­ne­sium lev­els have even been linked to bet­ter ex­er­cise-re­lated strength gains. But sta­tis­tics show that about 30 per cent of Aus­tralian women aged be­tween 31 and 70 have in­ad­e­quate mag­ne­sium in­takes. Plus, even if your diet does con­tain plenty of mag­ne­sium, other fac­tors can bump up your risk of de­fi­ciency. These in­clude drink­ing too much cof­fee, eat­ing too much salt, heavy men­strual pe­ri­ods and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing pro­longed pe­ri­ods of stress.

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